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Video Game Removes Boxing Kangaroo to Get Activists Off Their Backs

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There’s no cheat code for skipping this embarrassing cut scene.

News Australia shared the western release of Tekken 7 and it’s removal of Roger Jr., an infamous boxing kangaroo. They, and many others, have been brazen enough to call the game makers decision one of animal rights activism persuasion, after everyone’s favourite big AR group insisted they free this bit of programming from violence. But don’t worry, there’s still the option to fight as Kuma the bear or a Panda, because even in fictional worlds speciesism exists.

Tekken’s executive producer, Katsuhiro Harada, said the issue with Roger stems from the subsequent sensitivity of animal lovers who viewed a viral video with a real life kangaroo from a few months back.

“There was a video of a man’s dog in a headlock by a kangaroo, and he punched it in the face. It turned into a big problem. People were complaining about him punching a kangaroo. It seems that in the last few years there’s a lot more animal activists — even though they probably wouldn’t play our game, they would still hear about that, about a kangaroo in our game being punched, and would complain about it,” he said.

Since a real animal isn’t involved, it’s not the wellbeing of animals that anyone is paying attention to, just the complaining of activists. And now, it’s just a cacophony of gamers taking to social media to call the whole thing stupid.

Protesting the normalization of violence against one animal in one game does little to nothing to affect the animals who face very real violence everyday. Non-vegans everywhere are viewing this as “overkill,” and are likely no closer to the only reasonable action against real animal violence; veganism.

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